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NBA 2018-19: 3 Talking Points from the Houston Rockets' blowout win over the Cleveland Cavaliers

Achyut Dubey
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189   //    12 Jan 2019, 20:43 IST

#2 No Cleveland starter could score more than 15 points

Cleveland's defensive rating is dead last in the league.
Cleveland's defensive rating is dead last in the league.

The Rockets raced to a 42-point first quarter(and a season-high 77 points in the first half), and cemented a 77-49 cushion by halftime, and all the Cavs starters could do is watch in awe. With Rodney Hood (who returned after missing three games due to a sore Achilles tendon) and Tristan Thompson combining for just five field goals on the night, the Cavs' reserves outscored the starting five 59-54.

Zizic came off the bench to drop a team-high total of 18 points in a lost cause, shooting 6-of-8 from the field along with eight rebounds and a couple of steals. Starters Osman, Sexton and Burks combined for just 42 points between them as the Rockets took care of business all night long.

The Cavaliers face the LeBron-less Lakers next in search of a win to snap their 12-game skid.